Kick It Out Issues 'Call to Action' After Tammy Abraham Racially Abused Online

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2019

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - AUGUST 14:  Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool competes with Tammy Abraham of Chelsea during the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
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Kick It Out have urged social media platforms to take action against racist abuse after Chelsea's Tammy Abraham was targeted after the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.

The striker was sent the abuse after he missed the Blues' final penalty in a 5-4 shootout defeat against Liverpool after a 2-2 draw.

Kick It Out posted a statement on Twitter:

Kick It Out @kickitout

Our statement following reports of racist abuse directed at Tammy Abraham on social media after Chelsea's UEFA Super Cup match. #KickItOut https://t.co/bqWIPMk1B3

According to the Press Association (via the Guardian), Chelsea's Christian Pulisic said the team will support Abraham after his miss from the spot.

"It's penalties, mansomebody has to miss," Pulisic said. "He's going to get his head up. Obviously it's tough but penalties are like that. He can deal with it and he'll be fine. He'll move on, score a goal in the next game and everything will be forgotten. We're there for him."

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford also tweeted his support for Abraham:

Marcus Rashford @MarcusRashford

Keep your head held high @tammyabraham we’ve all had them saved, that’s football 🤷🏽‍♂️ We should be celebrating young English talent not this... https://t.co/Vk0bbC02wr

Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock for Chelsea after 36 minutes, but Sadio Mane equalised three minutes into the second half for the UEFA Champions League holders to send the game into extra time. Mane grabbed his brace in the 95th minute, before Jorginho's penalty six minutes later levelled the match once again.

Abraham came on as a second-half substitute and earned the penalty after being fouled by Reds goalkeeper Adrian.

Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell tweeted his disbelief at the abuse towards Abraham: "Can someone please tell me why @tammyabraham gets racially abused for missing a penalty? Football is the excuse for some people!"

Per BBC Sport, four allegations of racist abuse were reported during the opening weekend of the EFL season on August 3, with Kick It Out declaring they were "appalled" by the occurrences.

Sky Sports reported Queens Park Rangers under-18 side walked off the pitch during on August 8 game because players had been racially abused by members of the opposition, Nerviron, in Spain.

In late July, Chelsea banned a fan for life from games after he racially abused Manchester City's Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge in December.

The Blues will be looking for the first win of the season on Sunday against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.